One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the buildings around us were scorched by the fire’
burn, sear, singe, char, blacken, discolour
2‘grass scorched by the sun’
dry up, desiccate, parch, wither, shrivel
burn, bake, roast
3‘to get to New York you have to scorch along sixteen-lane highways’
speed, zoom, whizz, blast
zap, zip, burn, burn rubber, belt, vroom
British bomb, bucket, put one's foot down, blind
North American barrel, lay rubber
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